USENIX honors members of the community with two prestigious awards which recognize public service and technical excellence: 

The winners of these awards are selected by the USENIX Awards Committee. The USENIX membership may submit nominations for either or both of the awards to the committee.

Call for Award Nominations

USENIX requests nominations for these two awards; they may be from any member of the community. Nominations should be sent to the Chair of the Awards Committee via at any time. A nomination should include:

  1. Name and contact information of the person making the nomination
  2. Name(s) and contact information of the nominee(s)
  3. A citation, approximately 100 words long
  4. A statement, at most one page long, on why the candidate(s) should receive the award
  5. Between two and four supporting letters, no longer than one page each

The USENIX Lifetime Achievement (Flame) Award

The USENIX Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes and celebrates singular contributions to the USENIX community in both intellectual achievement and service that are not recognized in any other forum. The award itself is in the form of an original glass sculpture called "The Flame," and in the case of a team based at a single place, a plaque for the team office.

Details and past recipients can be found here.

The LISA Award for Outstanding Achievement in System Administration

This award goes to someone whose professional contributions to the system administration community over a number of years merit special recognition.

Details and past recipients can be found here.